After choosing the type of patio door you want to install, such as sliding, French, or folding doors, the next thing to decide is the material of your patio door. Understanding the different materials available will help you to choose the best door material for your specific needs. Here’s a brief outline and description of the most common materials used for patio doors.
- Wood – Stylish and elegant, wood is also quite expensive, prone to warping, and requires constant maintenance.
- Steel – It’s less expensive than wood but also less stylish. It is sturdy and does not warp. Steel does not bend easily, but it can rust if not properly coated or if certain parts become dented or scratched.
- Aluminum – It is easily maintained and can withstand different weather conditions, but since it is lighter than steel, it can dent easily.
- Vinyl – Vinyl is stylish, cost-effective, and energy efficient, but extreme weather conditions may cause it to crack over time.
- Fiberglass – It is sturdy, energy-efficient, and can be as stylish as wood.